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For general help using the Library services:


Email us: library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

Call us: +44 (0) 20 7955 7229


or in person throughout the Library

Finding materials in the Library

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Once you have identified the printed material you need by using Library Search you should take a note of the collection name and classmark. For example: Main Collection HB103 D45.

Use the Library floor plans to identify the floor that the collection is on and then use the classmark to find the item on that floor.

Main Collection books and journals

For Main Collection books and journals you can use the following table to identify which floor the classmark you need is located on: 

A table to show which floor you can find the relevant classmark on
Books  Journals Floor 
A-HA    3rd
HB-JV   A-HV  2nd
JX - Z HX-Z 1st

Special collections such as Statistics, IGO or Government publications are marked on the relevant Library floor plan

Course Collection books and audiovisual

Course Collection books are all on the ground floor. The VHS and DVD collection is at the very end of the stacks by the photocopiers.

Only LSE staff and students have access to the Course Collections during term time.

Closed access collections

The majority of the Library's collections are available on the open shelves.

There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed storage, e.g. historical LSE PhD theses, pamphlets, UN documents.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Microform and microfilm
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
  • LSE PhD theses
  • UN documents and US Federal Government documents - ask staff for advice on specialist finding tools for these collections
  • LSE and Women's Library archive collections

Requesting material from closed access collections

You are able to view material from these closed stores by requesting staff fetch them for you. Fill in the paper form available from staff in the 4th floor reading room - who can assist you if you need help.

Staff collect requested materials from the closed stores Monday to Friday at the following times:

  • 11:00am
  • 1.00pm
  • 3.00pm

The requested items can then be collected from the 4th floor reading room at least 60 minutes later and will be held there until the end of the day (or the date specified by you on the form).

Items can only be used within the Library and must be returned to the 4th floor reading room before it closes.